Kansas soybean winners exceed expectations
Despite the drought that plagued most of the state, carefully planned growing practices and wisely selected seedstock varieties helped some Kansas farmers achieve high soybean yields and quality in 2012. Entrants in the annual Kansas Soybean Yield and Quality Contests far surpassed the year's state average yield, tripling it in many instances, or qualified for well above the cash price.
The yield contest included 57 entries, up 17 from 2011. The quality contest had 36 entries, 10 more than in the previous year.
"These contests recognize outstanding Kansas soybean farmers and provide fun incentives for them to increase soybean yields and protein and oil contents," said Gary Kilgore, Chanute, a Kansas State University emeritus professor of agronomy who coordinates the contests. "They also allow the Kansas Soybean Association, with financial support from the Kansas Soybean Commission, to share the information participants learned to help all Kansas soybean farmers raise higher yielding and more profitable soybeans."
The 32 winners in 13 categories had verified yields averaging 67.68 bushels per acre, compared to the reported state average of 22 bushels per acre in 2012. While the state average declined 5 bushels per acre from 2011, the contest winners' average increased by 0.35 bushel per acre.
The top three entries in the quality contest averaged a $1.0983 premium over the $15.05 cash price for their protein and oil contents. In 2011, that average was 55.25 cents above the $11.34 cash price.
Howard Taylor, White Cloud, was the yield contest's overall dryland winner with 88.95 bushels per acre. Bob Wietharn, Clay Center, topped the irrigated entries with 84.81 bushels per acre. Bob Henry, Robinson, won the quality contest with a protein and oil premium of $1.1256 per bushel.
The Kansas Soybean Association presented the state and district winners with plaques or certificates and monetary prizes from the Kansas Soybean Commission at the Kansas Soybean Expo, Jan. 9 in Topeka. The highest dryland and irrigated yields in the state each received a $1,000 award. In each district, first place won $300, second earned $200, and third received $100. No-Till on the Plains supplied additional prizes for the no-till categories.
Complete results and the award photos are available via the "Producer Information" tab on the commission's website www.KansasSoybeans.org.